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Goldwork & Blue & Encouraging You – NeedlenThread.com


The velvet arrived for the altar cowl that we’ve been engaged on right here within the studio. It’s … whoa. So fairly!

I like blue and gold collectively. I like blue and silver collectively, too, however I actually love blue and gold. There’s one thing terribly regal about it.

Simply so you may get an thought of the place we’re going with the goldwork mission that I’ve been overlaying right here on the weblog, right this moment I’ll present you the velvet after which share some ideas that had been prompted by feedback and questions from latest articles on the goldwork mission I’m engaged on.

By the way, earlier than we leap into that, I apologize for lacking you on Monday. 4 issues occurred: 1. we launched these new merchandise, together with coloured linen sampler packs, Cohana scissors (which offered out), and a few favourite needles; 2. I had an issue with my delivery app (of all days!); 3. I had an exterior disk drive drawback (of all days!); and 4. We obtained in a number of shipments of issues over the weekend that didn’t match anyplace and needed to be sorted out so we may really breathe and transfer. It was a loopy morning! One thing needed to give, and sadly, it was a weblog put up that was imagined to be edited and revealed very first thing.

However sufficient of that! Let’s discuss goldwork!

So, within the background above, you possibly can see the fantastic blue velvet that can function the background for the goldwork lettering we’ve been engaged on recently.

It’s gorgeous stuff. It’s arduous to {photograph} so you possibly can actually get the sense of how pretty it’s. There’s one thing fantastic about velvet! This isn’t a slinky, actually shiny, sparkly, stretchy kind velvet such as you may discover within the clothes business. It’s an upholstery velvet, with a ravishing drape, a refined sheen, and the mesmerizing change of shade when the sunshine performs on it that you just discover in materials with a nap.

Mmmm mmmm mmmm. It’s one thing.

I promise I’ll present you extra of it once we come to the development stage! And it might present up someplace in between, too.

Goldwork Altar Cover project

Together with the latest articles on this mission, I’ve had a bunch of questions and feedback coming in, so I assumed I’d reply a few of these.

First, will I be making a package out of this? A number of people have requested. Oh, no, I’m afraid this isn’t a “kit-able” mission. This mission is enormous and wouldn’t package nicely. I’m merely sharing my very own course of whereas working via a serious mission, in hopes that among the progress, suggestions, troubleshooting, and so forth can come in useful for the broader embroidery world. You may decide up some useful tidbits. Otherwise you may simply get pleasure from watching a big embroidery mission develop. It’s not going to be a package.

Sure, You Can.

“I really like goldwork, however I can’t afford actual gold threads…”

“Are you going to recycle or promote the scraps…”

“I may by no means do goldwork…” “I’ll by no means have the abilities for goldwork…” and related.

My pals, please enable me to dispel some myths.

About expense: goldwork threads aren’t 100% gold. They’re blended with alloys in order that the gold content material is watered right down to a really small, small %. I’m working with gilt threads, so that they include perhaps 0.5% gold, tops. And whereas goldwork threads appear costly, they don’t require a ton of thread to get the protection you want. So, they don’t seem to be out of attain, with regards to affordability.

Scraps of Goldwork Threads

These are thread scraps, above. So far as promoting the scraps to scrap gold consumers, no. They wouldn’t have an interest. They may by no means extract sufficient gold from gilt embroidery threads to make it value their whereas. There’s actually not a lot materials worth to it. These will go in my orts jar the place they’ll present me with the pleasure of a jar filled with thread scraps which have slightly sparkle to them, and that signify years and years of initiatives. The jar means little to anybody else, however I prefer it!

Goldwork Altar Cover project

About do-ability:

If you wish to be taught goldwork, you positively can. It’s not sophisticated, not within the least.

For many goldwork embroidery, just one precise sew is concerned: the straight sew. Really! For many goldwork, you’re both couching over metallic threads with a straight sew, otherwise you’re stitching minimize metallic threads on like beads, with a straight sew. There’s not loads in regards to the stitching that’s sophisticated.

There are different sorts of goldwork, true, however for essentially the most half, goldwork threads are sewn onto the floor of material utilizing a easy straight sew.

Probably the most sophisticated a part of most goldwork is making ready the foundations to sew over (we’ve stored that quite simple on this mission, by working over a one-layer basis of wool felt), if the mission entails a basis. Some initiatives don’t contain foundations in any respect.

The second semi-complicated half is easy methods to finish the threads. And that’s probably not sophisticated. I’m afraid I overdid it when speaking about plunging threads the opposite day. That extra of exaggerated exasperation for impact. I hope I didn’t flip individuals fully off by it!


There are a great deal of on-line assets for studying extra about goldwork, if it’s one thing you wish to discover additional. You possibly can, for instance, learn via lots of my previous articles on goldwork initiatives by perusing this tagged listing.

You too can be taught a lot from goldwork books. Probably the most thorough goldwork e book out there may be Alison Cole’s Goldwork Masterclass, which I’ve reviewed right here (and which I occur to supply in my store).

However there are different books, too. If you may get your arms on a duplicate at an inexpensive worth, Ruth Chamberlin’s Newbie’s Information to Goldwork is fantastic for studying the couching a part of goldwork embroidery, blended with silk shading. The e book focuses on an excellent sampler, and it makes goldwork fully accessible.

One other wonderful all-around reference e book is A-Z of Goldwork Embroidery revealed by Search Press, reviewed right here. It’s a wonderful reference e book, reasonably priced, and galvanizing!

Goldwork Strategies, Tasks, and Pure Inspiration by Hazel Everett, reviewed right here, is a superb e book with initiatives and directions.

You’ll find most of those books – and extra wonderful goldwork books! – listed on my Amazon Suggestions web page, right here, for those who’d like so as to add them to your personal library. They’re value it!

You too can be taught goldwork by working via kits created by embroidery designers. There are hundreds on the market! Simply google it. You’ll discover every kind of on-line assets for goldwork!

Okay. I’ve most likely overdone it. I simply don’t wish to discourage individuals from attempting goldwork. If it’s one thing you’re drawn to, strive it!

We’ll be exploring extra goldwork as this mission progresses. I’ll attempt to add suggestions and strategies as we go, to be able to see that goldwork is accessible and thrilling.

Extra to return!

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